20th Anniversary Issue There’s a hush, a stillness that falls in the deep midwinter. It’s the time of year when many creatures hibernate, hiding themselves away to slumber through the lean times. So don’t beat yourself up if you’re not feeling the urge to be wildly sociable; if the idea of New Year parties makes you wince. This is a time to hunker down, to snuggle up by the fire and keep warm, to sleep longer, to dream. Let’s embrace the pause of winter. I like to think of winter as the season of the soul, a chance to attend to our innermost needs and yearnings, an opportunity to go deep, without the distractions of the busier seasons. It’s a good time to unwind and reassess the directions to be taken in the forthcoming new year. In my new book, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living (Sterling Ethos), I share a whole host of tips and techniques for seasonal living. Let’s look at some practices that are perfect for deep winter and the start of the new decade. Winter – the season of deep yin In the Chinese system, winter is the season of deep yin energy. It’s linked to the element of water, full of hidden potential. Water rules the lymphatic system, our hormones, the bladder and kidneys. It also rules our ears and hearing, our teeth, our sexual organs and our bones, especially the skull and spine. It’s a curious list. We’ll be concentrating on the two major winter organs, the bladder and the kidneys. The bladder is thought to be the seat of the emotions...
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